British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking has cautioned against the development of artificial intelligence as he says its advancement can pose serious threat to the humanity and could lead to the end of human race.
According to the eminent scientist, technology holds the potential to supersede humanity as it has developed faster than biological evolution.
Talking to a news agency, Hawking said, “The primitive forms of artificial intelligence we already have, have proved very useful. But I believe the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.”
The remarks by the famous scientist came in response to a question regarding his new voice system.
Hawking suffers from a form of the progressive neurological disease, known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease). Due to the neurological ailment, he faces trouble in speaking. Hence, he uses a voice synthesizer for the communication purposes.
Recently, he has started using a new system based on artificial intelligence. The new system is developed in part by a UK-based company, named Swiftkey. The new system learns the manner in which Hawking thinks and suggests the words that he might want to use further.
This is not the first time when Hawking has cautioned against the potential dangers of artificial intelligence. In April this year, Hawking had penned down an op-ed for the prominent news portal ‘The Huffington Post’ jointly with famous physicists Max Tegmark and Frank Wilczek of MIT and computer scientist Stuart Russell of the University of California, Berkeley. In the article, the veterans wrote about the creation of artificial intelligence in which they mentioned it will be “the biggest event in human history.”
Hawking is engaged with Intel for over 25 years. He celebrated his 72nd birthday on 8 January this year.